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Letter to Priests from JPII

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Pope John Paul II's letter to Priests on Holy Thursday, Jubilee Year 2000

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Letter by Pope Benedict XVI proclaiming the Year for Priests

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"On the forthcoming Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Friday 19 June 2009 – a day traditionally devoted to prayer for the sanctification of the clergy –, I have decided to inaugurate a “Year for Priests” in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the “dies natalis” of John Mary Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests worldwide."

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Year of the Priest - Interview with Fr Michael de Stoop

Last edited 25th June 2009

Fr Michael de Stoop kicks off our celebration of the Year for Priests. Enthusiastic and talented, his recent appointment as Vocations Director for the Archdiocese of Sydney means that he’s the man trying to put the priesthood back on the menu. Listen to his story here on Xt3, as he tells of his own calling to the priesthood, and shares his sense of wonder and awe at the presence of Jesus in his life. Listen carefully for the Star Trek impersonation, and how he handles being tackled on the rugby field, as he plays loose forwards for the University of Notre Dame.Click here to share your thoughts on this podcast!

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Vocation - Why Not Priest?

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Have you ever thought about your vocation?


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Remembering a man of prayer: Basil Hume, 10 years on

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Cardinal Basil Hume died a decade ago next week. As Archbishop of Westminster he was an admired and influential public figure. The anniversary of his death, however, is to be marked with a volume of essays by friends, family and former colleagues celebrating the more personal and private sides of a much loved man. In this Times article (13 June 2009) the Cardinal's nephew, editor of the book, considers the central place of prayer in his uncle's life.


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The Catholic Church - a Missionary Community

Last edited 6th July 2009

Father Giuseppe Cardamone MSP (from the 'Missionary Servants of the Poor of the Third World' who work in Peru) talks gently & compellingly about the missionary role at the heart of the Church:  "I pray that this talk will not just be informative but performative.. each of us has a missionary call.  I'm here to call ..& to speak to your Christian sensitivities which are missionary….the Catholic Church is itself a missionary community, where it takes roots there it must be missionary...We affirm that Jesus is the unique son of God.To say the truth doesn't mean to be proud but humble... God is still calling young people to be missionaries....The task of our life is to know the will of God & to accomplish it the best we can. When we have discovered it we discover a sense of freedom." - Talk 50 mins; Q&As 10 mins.


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Our Priests, Our Heroes

Last edited 7th July 2009

In this interview with ZENIT, Christine Mugridge, co-author/editor with Jerry Usher of "Called by Name: The Inspiring Stories of 12 Men Who Became Catholic Priests," discusses the "heroic" aspect of the priesthood, and what led her to edit a compilation of vocation stories.


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180 Holy Seconds

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Give 180 seconds (yup, just 3 minutes) to listen to an inspiring reflection on each Sunday's readings.  Contributing priests (so far): Fr Bernard Barlow, Mgr Keith Barltrop, Fr David Barnes, Fr Augustine Connor CFR, Fr Peter Cullen, Fr Anthony Doe, Fr Dermott Donnelly, Bishop Terence Drainey, Fr Michael Dunne, Fr Julian Green, Fr Marcus Holden, Fr Javier Igea, Fr Ian Kelly, Fr Michael Krychiwskyj, Fr Stephen Langridge, Mgr Leo Maasburg, Fr Emmanuel Mansford CFR, Fr Iain Matthew OCD, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Fr Dermot Power, Fr Piotr Prusakiewicz CSMA, Fr Martin Sabathé CSJ, Fr Francis Seldon, Fr Alexander Sherbrooke, Fr Bryan Storey, Fr Kevin Taggart OSB, Fr Stephen Wang,  Read more about the priests / add your comments here And you can hear the readings too on Xt3's SUNDAYS podcast.

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God beats the girls

Last edited 29th June 2009

"While neither Christian Stephens nor Lewi Barakat made the decision overnight, the 24-year-olds are part of a group of young people driving a resurgence in the Catholic faith in the wake of World Youth Day." From the Daily Telegraph, Sydney, 8th January 2009


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Do you want to be a saint?

Last edited 17th June 2009

Bishop Anthony Fisher explores our ambition to become saints in this inspiring call: "Our job is just to get out of God’s way, let the Master Craftsman do His job in us."  Take the challenge with this inspired homily given at Oxford University.


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